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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

“SOCK: from the latin word *soccus*
which was a type of low-heeled loose-fitting shoe or slipper
used by the Greeks and also by Roman comedians”

Unbelievable, the thrill I feel when I get to this point. I am ready to turn the heel on this sock. It’s going to happen, it’s going to be a sock, it’s not a tube…

Somehow, it feels like the biggest invention of all time is about to take place. Everytime I do it, it’s like the very first time. I cannot get over it.


This is the second sock of the World Series Championship Socks – I am knitting it with a 24″ Inox #1 circular needle. This is unseemly. All the Loop info out there recommends a 40″ needle – after wrestling with some new-cable Addis, I abandoned that advice and just went for what felt good to me. This needle folds up on itself – the cable is *soft* and the hard needles are short and really pointed. Perfect for looping…

Richard Rutt from the “History of Hand Knitting” (pg. 62) remarks on why people wore cloth socks until about the time of Henry VIII: “…knitting needles cound not easily be made. Steel rods required a high degree of skill from a whitesmith hammering away to produce them. Fine metal rods could be easily produced only after the art of drawing steel through perforated plates was perfected. This happened in England during Elizabeth’s reign.”

Are we lucky or what?!:)

all about socks

the turning of the heel

Monday, November, 21, 2005

  Monday Morning Mirth  

looking for…

the Perfect Christmas Gift?

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Sunday, November 20, 2005

ChicKnits New Threads Weekend Edition

Meet the Ribbys!


A Thanksgiving Tale
Sugar & Spice & Everything
NICE = Debi!

Debi writes: “I’m always knitting socks for Dad but haven’t knit him a sweater in about 25 years and I thought it was about time to revisit that even tho we don’t need warm woolies very often ’round these semi-tropical Florida parts. We *do* have seasons and it’s all relative as we Floridians are acclimated to HOT so when the thermometer hits um, 60, we’re all freezing!! :)

I wanted a nice, warm comfy sweater for the ‘rents and Ribby fit the bill!

I knit the Mom Ribby a few months ago and finished up the Dad counterpart during my powerless Wilma days!”

Read all about it here


at Debi’s blog…


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